The Columbine

Newsletter of Gardening Kingston

January 2023


President's Message

Volunteerism is vital to our society. Without the hours of commitment from our members we wouldn’t exist. One of the annual requirements we must fulfill as a member of the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA) is reporting a tally of those hours for our society. For 2022, we reported a total of 1690 hours. This is a significant decrease from 2298 hours in 2021, but still an impressive amount of time and effort that have gone into keeping our society running and beautifying our communities. Thanks to all who contributed to that total.

As I said in December’s President’s Message, with fewer board members, we will need to work smarter and look for efficiencies. To that end, we are introducing a new method of reporting and collating those volunteer hours. Every month in the newsletter you will see a volunteer hours button that will lead to a form for you to record your hours. The categories, as prescribed by the OHA, all remain the same. It is only the method of collecting those hours that is changing. I am sure that we have all been dealing with more change than we are happy with, but automating this task, and dealing with it on a monthly basis will allow us to focus on something more important – celebrating and recognizing our volunteer commitments. Please look for more details in the newsletter under Volunteer Hours 2023 and enter your volunteer hours for a chance to win January’s prize.

David Kelly

January Zoom-only Meeting

Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Tips and Tricks to Increase Gardening Pleasure 
Presented by Nancy MacDonald, Carlton Place-Ottawa Master Gardeners
No matter your age or gardening experience, there are tips you can utilize to be more efficient in the garden. 
Registration is required by Wednesday, January 11
Register Here

Learn. Grow. Share.

Volunteer Hours 2023

The video below explains why it is important for us to collect your volunteer hours. It details which type of volunteer activities can be included. If you used the old forms before, the categories are still the same, but we hope this new, on-line process will make it easier for you to report your hours.
New Volunteer Hours Process

Your Chance to Win!

Submit your volunteer hours for this month by January 31 for your chance to win an OHA Year of the Garden calendar.
District 3 page of the Year of the Garden calendar, with lots of red flowers.

Although January is certainly not the height of gardening season, there are still volunteer activities that qualify:
  • Writing and submitting an article for The Columbine (Category 7)
  • Attending a committee meetings (Category 3)
  • Helping family, friends, or community groups with indoor garden projects (Category 5)
Volunteer Hours Form
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News from Garden Ontario

Interested in seeing what other horticulture societies in the province are doing? Follow the link to find the Trillium newsletter archive and the rest of the latest news from Garden Ontario.

Gardener's Journal

Gardening Kingston Members share their stories.
Learn along with them.
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Denise's Houseplant Tip
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Julie's Houseplant Tip
Your Journal Entry Here!

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A reminder regarding photographs of members: The OHA has advised us that, prior to publishing any photo likenesses of our members, we should obtain their written consent with a photo waiver form. To view our policy click here
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